The news media would like you to believe that Indiana has made an outlandish move by passing a Religious Freedom Bill. The truth is Religious Freedom Laws, just like the one in Indiana, have passed in numerous states across the nation. Even the then-Senator Obama voted for a Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in Illinois.
In 1993, President Clinton signed the federal RFRA into law after if passed with 97 votes in the Senate, and passed by unanimous voice vote in the House. This law was praised by legislators on both sides of the aisle, and considered a tremendous step in the right direction.
After a Supreme Court ruling in 1997 declared that the federal RFRA could not constitutionally be applied to the states, it became evident that the states would need to enact their own legislation to ensure their citizens received the same protections at the state level.
The original RFRA signed into law by Governor Pence is necessary and good policy; protecting the fundamental freedom of citizens from government coercion, and promoting tolerance around the state.
After pressure from a variety of sources, Governor Pence is being presented with a “fix” to Indiana’s RFRA law that would essentially negate its purpose. It would make religious freedom a second-tier right in the state; a decision that must be opposed. Read more here.
Take action for Indiana:
2. Support his efforts through social media. Tweet “Stand strong @GovPenceIN @mike_pence – Veto SB50 #VetoFix #RFRA”
3. Like Governor Pence’s Facebook page and show your support by posting about your appreciation of his effort to protect liberty. Memes attached.*
5. Please call Indiana Speaker of the House Brian Bosma. First, thank him for supporting the RFRA; however, also let him know that this law should not be changed. His phone number is 317-232-9677.
6. Then call Senate President David Long to say “The RFRA does not need to be changed.” His phone number is 317-232-9416.
Also, I’d like to encourage you to Stand with Arkansas as they just passed a Religious Freedom Bill and it is on it’s way to the Governor. Please call or tweet to the Governor to thank him for supporting religious freedom.
Take action for Arkansas:
1. Contact Governor Governor Asa Hutchinson to thank him for standing for religious liberty. (501) 682-2345
3. We also need your support for this on social media. Tweet “Thank you @AsaHutchinson for protecting religious liberty #RFRA.”
4. Please contact Speaker of the House: Jeremy Gillam to thank him for supporting the RFRA Twitter: (501) 682-6211 @JeremyGillamAR
5. Then contact Senate President: Jonathan Dismang to thank him for supporting the RFRA. (501) 682-2902 Twitter: @dismang
6. Pray for Governor Hutchinson, and for religious liberty to continue to prevail in the state of Arkansas.
Prayer and action – it’s what will make the difference. Thank you for doing your part!